By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Mobile County public school teacher is
accused of bilking the state out of about $12,000 in food stamps.

April LaDonna Bell, a 35-year-old chemistry teacher surrendered
Wednesday after a grand jury indicted her on a charge of
first-degree theft of property.

Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Geoff Alexander told
the Press-Register that the Alabama Department of Human Resources
alleges that Bell misrepresented her household's makeup and total
income. That resulted in her receiving more benefits than she
deserved over a three-year period starting in 2005.

Jail records show Bell was released on $12,000 bail an hour
after she was booked.

Mobile County Public School System spokeswoman Nancy Pierce
declined to discuss any sanctions Bell might face if she's

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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